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The Blind Post Classified News

        From and for the blind
August 2017
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*** Contents:
From the editor, Lori Motis:
New and used: From greeting cards, and books to electronic equipment and more.
Wanted or to give away:
Services and training:
Business and employment opportunities:

*** This month’s columns:
Global cane outreach update News from the Philippines Part one. from Beverly Crook From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: Some travel tips by Donna J. Jodhan.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: How do you move when you can’t see? Part one Blind man walking: Adventure by Joshua Loya Blind People talking: LET’S GO! By True E. Ready writer Living with low vision: Return to nowhere  By Donna Williams Yarn, hook, and needle: Back to School By Phyllis Campbell Posting to the Blind Post News.

*** From the editor, Lori Motis:
## Happy August everyone!
Some of you long time readers will remember that my husband and I moved from Nevada to Idaho seven years ago. Earlier that year I took over the email Connections for the Blind. After moving to Idaho, I changed the name to The blind Post and created a website with the same name. This September will be the seventh anniversary of The blind Post news. That anniversary issue will be a special edition of the news.
Please share with all you know. Also, this will be a great issue to sponsor and to place notices of all kinds from and for the blind and low vision communities. I will have some special news and a surprise or two as well.
Stay tuned for more information in my reminder email that I will send out toward the end of August.

I am in the process of updating the archives on the website. I want to make them a little easier to get to the sections and articles you want.

I will be emailing the news each month around the eleventh, and would like all notices and articles by the seventh of that month. Please plan for any Holiday notices. There are a few different newsletters that come out at the beginning of each month, so this should give folks plenty of time to read all the great newsletters from and for the blind that are sent out.

I am working on lots of new ideas for the news and the website. I will share more next month.
Thanks so much for all your messages and prayers for our move!
Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher and editor

*** New and used:

## The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir by Mary Hiland / C 2017 In e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) As a blind only child, the author enjoyed the single-minded love and devotion of her parents. So when her mother, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, was going blind and deaf and needed to move into assisted living, it was time for Ms. Hiland to assume the duties and role reversals required for her mother.
She wrote her book with the hope of being helpful to others in this tough place in life.
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## SWEET TOOTH offers a variety of braille chocolate items including candy bars, chocolate guide dogs & other holiday items that can be customized with braille.
Contact Judy Davis at 1-585-544-1853  or Or visit:

## Laura and staff of Elegant Insights Braille Creations would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the ACB convention in Reno.
We appreciate your business! Please call 509-264-2588 or go to if we may be of further service.
Sparkle on!

## During the month of August most Scentsy products from the Spring/Summer Catalog are on SALE at a 10% discount and many will be discontinued at the end of the month, so now is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites while they are on SALE and before some of them disappear.  Contact me to place an order or for more info. Nini Urschel, 775-463-9886 (home), 916-206-1151 (cell), Email: Website:

## freshly reconditioned Perkins Braillers for sale (Dust cover and shipping included).  These are the newer model with large knobs and double rubber rollers.  Asking $175 (payment plan negotiable).  If interested email me at NINOPACINI@GMAIL.COM or call 734-658-2919.

## Yamaha YPT 210 keyboard.  Very portable. Takes 6 DoubleA batteries.
Asking 75 dollars.  Email

## an Orcam, very slightly used. New they sell for $3500. Asking  $1800.
Also A Trecker Breeze with the most recent updates and maps.  Asking $400.
Contact Kimberly Samco at

## Apple iPad Air tablet with Lifeproof waterproof case, iMac desktop computer, pro tools, Ivory grand pianos, and Omnisphere software, composite acoustics carbon fiber acoustic electric guitar, Art tube preamp, Focusrite Saffire pro 40 audio interface. If interested, e

## Hims Sync Braille Display.
20 cell display for computer.  Use with screen readers.  Routing keys and navigation keys.  Powered through USB cable.  No blue tooth.  One defect a single dot not working in a cell toward the center of the display.
$75  plus Shipping
Barbara Sheinbein, or 314-965-8006

*** Services and training:

## Would you like to get the word out about your, book, blog, or business?
Are you running on such a tight schedule that you haven’t got time to attend Social Media events like you’d like?
Would you like to have all your ads advertised, each and every day?
If you answered yes, keep reading.
My name is Patty L. Fletcher. I’m the published author of one book, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, the creator of an online magazine called The Neighborhood News, and blogger at large, and I’d like to tell the world, about you.
I can provide…
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My assistant Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House, .
 and I can make it happen.
Claire is the blog wizz of the century, and she helps me keep my blog going strong, and all ads looking top-notch!
So, if you’re ready to get started letting the world know just how absolutely magnificent you are, here’s what you do.
Send an email with your, name, Email, and what you want done for you to: and let me get you on the fast-track to success To join my email list, and receive even more discounts…  Freedom To Be Me Visit
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## Fed up with mysterious computer errors, or  wish your audio recordings could sound more professional? The Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired can help you conquer your computer chaos with affordable, fully accessible classes in several  areas. Enrollments are officially open for fall 2017.
For more information, Visit:

## Let’s get motivated so you can actually get things done.
Introducing: “Getting Motivated and Achieving Your Goals”!
Learn; how to get out of overwhelm, follow through and more.
You will then have the skills and resources to last your lifetime.
Just click on the link for more information:

## Create your own E-commerce website easily. Site Right Now is an accessible website builder and server.
If you sign up, please include your friend, Lori Motis from, on the order form, and I will get a free month of service. I independently created, and maintain,  the Blind Post website using Site Right Now.

*** Announcements:

## The time is right to join Out-Of-Sight!.
We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our screen-readers and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialize on our own internet TeamTalk server.
We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish.
We display our musical talents and play music in our music rooms.  You can get help with your computer, your iPhone, your cooking, and your chess game, or you can just simply have fun!
We also have a book-discussion group and Bible groups.  There is no end to the stimulation, excitement, and camaraderie you will experience, and it is all free!
It is like a burst of fresh air and sunshine coming into your life.
To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number to
We sum it up by saying: “Catch the vision–it’s Out of Sight!”

## Ahoy, mates! Drop anchor and come aboard! “All hands on deck” is a  nautically themed site where you can play games, chat with a friend,  engage in serious discussions or just hang out. It is fully accessible  to people who are blind or low vision. For more information email

## Eyes On Success radio shows & podcasts:
1731 Moving Experiences (Jul. 26, 2017)
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey finally completed their move cross country from Rochester, New York to Golden, Colorado. They describe the experience highlighting aspects from the perspective of one who is visually impaired. Join them as they talk about selecting a house, packing and unpacking, making the trip, and even taking time to have a little fun!

1732 College Bound (Aug. 2, 2017)
Getting ready for and attending college can be a daunting process, even if one is fully sighted. But what if one has a visual impairment?
Hosts Nancy and
Peter Torpey talk with Ellen Trief, a Professor at Hunter College, about her book “College Bound – A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments” which offers practical advice for prospective and current students.

As usual, the audio and show notes can be found at

## If you are blind or visually impaired, let me tell you about the Burkeville lodge for the blind. We are located in Burkeville, virginia near the town of crewe. We provide a low cost facility with private and semi private rooms. We have a well stocked pond with paddle boat and pier and walking trail. We have an in ground swimming pool and screened in gazebo with ramp for wheelchairs. One room is handicapped ready with wheel in shower. We have buffet style meals with sighted help in serving. Lots of good food and seconds, too. For more info, call 434 767 4080 and leave a message. Or you can call me , Richard stone at 757 468 0277 or email at We are a 501 c 3 company that receives no government funds. We have a large group of visually impaired and blind people that will make you feel right at home.we are wi/fi equipped with books and games, too.

*** Business and employment opportunities:

***Global cane outreach: By Beverly Crook ## News from the Philippines  Part one.

Monday, August 7, 2017
We returned home one week ago today. With the time change we landed in San Francisco one hour before we left Manila. I have had a bad case of jet lag but finally feel like I am returning to normal.
Every time that I get to go on a mission trip, I come back feeling so blessed. God is good!!

There were 3 of us representing Global Cane Outreach and we were part of a team of 14. Not only did we all get to be part of blessing some blind people, we also shared in many other amazing blessings like the following:

“Relationships and lessons of this trip are more and deeper than I have the ability to write, but it’s important that we make the effort to remember what God has done and to make it known to you also.

In our short time here in the Philippines, it has been as though time has stood still in some ways. It seems impossible to have crammed so much life into
11 days. We have cut grass to feed cows at 4:30 in the morning, reached out to people that have little more than a few walls made out of pallets, ministered to street kids, shared testimonies in a women’s prison, hosted a live radio program, taught blind people how to use canes and provided them with the Word of God, delivered dresses and shorts to the children, and ministered in churches. The stories are as numerous as the people we have met, but more than anything, we want to share with you God’s amazing love and faithfulness. The people here have given us more than we could have ever given them. They are knit to our hearts and ours to theirs.“

These words were written by my pastor;  I thought it would explain a little bit about what we experienced while in the Philippines.
I hope that you are enjoying your summer and I look forward to sharing more next month.

May God shine his Blessings on You,

If you shop on Amazon, please consider signing up for Amazon smile and pick the charity Global Cane Outreach. Global cane outreach will then get a percentage of your Amazon orders.
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Find out more about Global Cane by visiting their website:

*** From the pages of Donna’s travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan ## Some travel tips

I am always happy to share some travel tips with my readers and as a regular air traveler I believe that I have many to share as gathered over the last many years.

For starters:  If your airport provides special needs services to you as a traveler with a disability, then it is always a good idea for you to book these services well in advance but not only this; once you have done it, then reconfirm it on the day of travel and if you are a blind person and you do not wish to be told to sit in a wheelchair, then make this very clear to the special needs services department at your airport.  Be very clear as to the type of service you require; in a wheelchair or meet and assist.  Too often, it is the perception out there that it is the best thing for a blind person to sit in a wheelchair and I can tell you that for me; this is absolutely not the case.

When you get to the security area, be sure to insist or to be very firm that you need for the security agents to tell you exactly what they are doing as they check your carry on baggage.  That is, if you are a blind traveler and are unable to see what is going on.  The last thing you need is for them to forget to replace something that they have removed from your bag and you only realize this after the fact.

When it comes to booking with airlines, you should make it very clear as to what type of service you require; wheelchair or meet and assist.
There are two things for you to note here:  You not only need to tell the airlines, but you also need to let your airport’s authorities know.

Important:  Most airlines will notate your file with whatever you require but there is the odd airline that may not have this type of service.  In addition, not all international airports would have a special needs services department.  It is my hope that with a rapidly aging population, this will soon become a reality for all stake holders.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!  From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and scam alerts!
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Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan And like me on Facebook at and at

*** Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
## How do you move when you can’t see? Part one

Well, it seems that many folks cannot understand how a blind married couple can pack boxes and arrange a move. I am here to tell you that it can be done. Tom, my husband, and I are both blind. I have been completely blind for over forty years and he has gradually lost his vision over the past forty years from retinitis pigmentosa, and is almost completely blind now. We have moved four times now since we have been married, almost 18 years this September.

This is how we did our most recent move:

When we knew that we were going to move and the house that we were moving to had a date for the move, we gave our 45-day notice to our property management company. Yes, 45 days. There was a procedure that we had to follow to vacate our rental home. We had moved there seven years ago and began our lease on August 3, 2010. Each year we renewed that lease until this year. Because of the start date of August 3rd, we had to pay through that date and keep all the utilities in our name through that date as well. I could access all the info I needed from their website using my Windows 7 computer. There was a checklist of what needed to be done when moving from a property. A bit overwhelming, but we followed it to completion.

Now that we gave our notice, we needed to begin the moving process. We had a little over a month to get ready.
Lists are your friend when planning a move. My husband and I made an initial list of what we wanted to keep and what we needed to get rid of. There was no reason to move a bunch of junk to the new place. We had been living in a three bedroom, two bath house with a two-car garage for seven years. Too much stuff!
Lists are your friend when planning anything like a move, a trip or any other endeavor. I don’t know about you, but I can’t always remember all I need to take care of as I used to be able to do when I was younger.

I researched everything online.
I found a company that would come and haul our junk away for us for a fee. Quite worth it to us. College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. They offer many services like moving, hauling, donation pickup and much

Next thing was to figure out how to move our appliances, furniture, and boxes.
We had a date to move so I went online and looked-for movers. I discovered that U-haul has a wonderful website where they have a list of moving helpers with prices and reviews. I found one that fit our needs and price range. I could sign up and pay for the service on their website. Once the movers called me, I could find out that they could pick up our moving truck for us. I just needed to go back online to U-haul and pick the correct location and reserve the truck and furniture pads. The movers had their own dollies.
Amazing how much you can do online.
Next month I will share more about our moves as a blind couple.

Lori AKA Food Lady

*** Blind man walking by Joshua Loya:
## Adventure

It’s been almost a year since I quit my access technology job at Braille Institute’s San Diego center to pursue an adventure lifestyle full-time. Initially, I left to pursue judo competition, and judo is an important part of what I do. That being said, I’ve adjusted my scope somewhat because I’ve learned some important lessons about myself and about life in the last twelve months. I’d like to share some of that with you now.

Adventure isn’t easy.

In the last year, I’ve had bruises, sprains, near concussions, and bacterial infections. I had a few days where I couldn’t walk. I had weeks where I had no idea of how I was going to pay my bills or when, if ever, I would have a working car. All of this, while I had several safety nets, and a profoundly supportive wife. Also, my competition experience has not what I would have hoped it to be. I have placed in all of my judo competitions, but I have never placed higher than third, except the one time I fought Ryan Jones in Dallas. Ryan is an excellent judoka, and he beat me soundly. He was also the only visually impaired judo player in my weight class, so I took second that tournament.

Adventure is scary.

In randori, or judo sparring, I don’t always know when the ground is coming. I might get thrown and land it perfectly. I might get rocked pretty solidly because I misjudged the timing of it all, and I didn’t realize what throw my opponent was using. Oddly enough, for me, judo is scarier than sky-diving or jumping off of buildings. For others, who have been doing judo for years, jumping out of airplanes might be scarier. The lack of financial security has also been scary.
Fortunately, that is turning around, but that hasn’t made the lean times any less uncomfortable. Truly, the fear of the unknown is one of the most frightening aspects of life. You don’t know how to prepare because you don’t know what is coming.

Adventure is worth it.

I wouldn’t change it for anything. I have never felt more alive than I do right now. Some people are oriented toward office work and technology instruction. Others would rather find comradery and triumphs in the corporate world. I am not one of those people. I like the excitement of not knowing what is coming, and testing myself to see if I can be ready. I like being exhausted at the end of the day because I put in hours honing my skill in martial arts, something that I wasn’t even allowed to do when I could see for fear of losing the little sight I had. I’ve taught self-defense concepts and martial arts to both sighted and visually impaired students. I’ve shared the stage at San Diego Comic-Con for the second year in a row with Scott Brick, one of my all-time favorite audio book narrators. All this and I am competing in a surfing competition for the first time this October, never having surfed more than a handful of times before last August.
Moving forward through the  hard and scary moments, and savoring the high points I have mentioned, help me know I am alive, and that is more valuable than anything I could ever buy with money.

The real reason it’s worth it.

God designed us all to be unique. Some of us are loud gregarious people who love doing scary and hard stuff. Others prefer to sit quietly with a good book feeling the warm sun at the end of the day, an ice cold drink at hand. Others prefer making something with their hands or solving problems using science. The point is that we are doing ourselves, those around us, and, most importantly, God, a disservice by not finding the things that give us meaning and pursuing them. Of course, we all have responsibilities, and I’m not suggesting we ignore those. What I am saying is we have limited time in this life, and we would do well to exercise our gifts and abilities, and pursue the interests unique to our individual personalities. Just because we’re blind or hearing-impaired, short, tall, male, female, or any other distinction, doesn’t mean we have to stay in the box society has made for us. We can’t all be the same, and we shouldn’t strive to be. We can strive to be our best, but our best is different than someone else’s best. Let’s strive for excellence, but let us strive for the best possible version of our unique selves we can be, even if other people don’t understand or agree. It’s not their life. It’s ours. It is only between us and those for whom we are responsible. The better we are, the better those around us can be also. If we settle for a mediocre life, then we help others also settle. If we live fully, love earnestly, and make a meaningful positive difference in the lives of those with whom we interact, we can create a ripple effect to help elevate the lives of people everywhere.

Joshua is a martial artist, public speaker, and personal coach.
You can learn more about him on his web site: and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior You are also welcome to email him at

*** Blind people talking: Articles from Blind Post subscribers.
## LET’S GO!

By True E. Ready writer (Christian Writer) It’s summer, and it is time to pack your bags, throw all of your needs and needlessness onto the table, get a cold drink and straw, put on some traveling music and…dial. Did I say dial? Yes. I said dial. Dial your friends or neighbors who have been on a wonderful vacation, in a new place and get ready to listen with your picturesque mind. Let me
explain: I am blind. Please don’t put on your ‘poor pity pal’ face.
Since I am writing this article for the Blind Post, it is surely aimed at everyone. I have not been blind all of my life; in fact, blindness is relatively new to me. I lived a full life, had two beautiful children, if I must say so myself, eight grand children, even more beautiful, personal opinion, experienced the profession of a Registered Nurse, had four birds at different times, a human dog named Mrs. Piper Muffin Turner, have authored 5 self published books and I presently have a loving husband who has been through the thick and the thin with me. He has been there when blindness was a cruel master that seemed like it would take my life. He was there when the cares of this world almost took my life; but GOD said …No!

So, you have a background and you will know that I write out of real passion and not a phony artificial, plastic concern. There may be many who are young, and need to go, for themselves. There is nothing wrong with that. This article is for those of us who are not as pliable and still want to have the newness of an adventure in our shopping cart.
Let’s Go!

First, engage someone, a friend, hopefully who is going on a trip to a place that you’ve never been. Have them tell you why they are going, and what the travel brochures say. This is where you can do a bit of research and become familiar with the customs act. (You see, this is a real excursion.)  Look forward to their trip, just as if you were going. You may even want to give a little something to the traveler.
You will make this adventure as exciting as the person who is going.

I think it is necessary to have all of the prior excitement as well as the exuberance of coming back from an exciting and successful trip.
(After all, you are taking a virtual tour with a person who will tell you more than any tour guide, more than if you were right there asking questions, more than if you were there tasting the new and different cuisine.

Secondly, you need to take notes. Ask the Vacationer questions before the trip begins. These questions do not have to be written in stone; but if you talk about these questions before the trip, you won’t be disappointed that some of these questions were not answered. Example:
There were two friends, Christians who went to Jerusalem, at different times. The first friend was given books to give away in Jerusalem, and a few small booklets to give away to anyone. My friend did what I asked of her, and I felt good for many years that this, my first book, was in someone’s hands in Jerusalem.

My second friend was asked if he would get me a stone from Israel. He did! It is a very small rock, about the size of a cherry pit; but I still have it, and am so glad about it. I think about how the Lord said that the rocks will cry out. (So, if you ever hear about a blind woman whose purse was crying out, you can be sure that it is me. I hope that we won’t be here when that happens.

O.K. now you have some of the preoperational things you must do for this virtual vacation. Talk with the Vacationer regularly; let them know that you have not lost your zeal for this great trip. Don’t wait until the last day to call and bid the Vacationer ‘Good Sailing’. Let them know that you will be praying for them, and that you have them covered with prayer, and do that. Pray for your Vacationer. (I am a Christian Writer, I cannot afford, nor do I want to leave out the power and Majesty of Christ as you travel to foreign lands, even if it is only in America.
Now, you wait, and wait, and wait. You look at your phone calendar, and count the days. 7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0. Whew!
BINGO! The day has come, the Vacationer is back, and you call to see if he/she is and has had a safe trip. The Vacationer is so excited.
Excited to tell you all about the trip of a life time. The Vacationer is so excited that the trip begins to flow out of her/his mouth, before the established date for the recording. You and the Vacationer are both excited and declaring the beauty of the environment, the people, and of course, the food.

What a wonderful trip! If you had gone, you could not have been so oriented to the surroundings as this quick trip synopsis has given you, and you have experienced it also.  This is just the taste, just wait, until the Vacationer gets settled down, and begins to expound about this very lovely Trip.

May I tell you of the places I have gone in this manner?
Aruba – where the trees bow down in one direction, and the water is as clear as drinking water.
France – Where the cabbie’s blow their horns and drive on both sides of the street, where the hotel rooms were a bit small; but comfortable.
Austria – where they sell barbequed kangaroo Cuba – where the infra structure leaves much to be desired-where it is not uncommon to see old American cars 1950’s and still running About 4 or 5 trips via Cruz Ships The Bahamas – A clean and neat people polite and courteous Mexico – Beautiful scenery and tasty Cuisine – real good Florida – hot, where the lizard like animal lives in the trees above and frequently fall-(not zesty) North and South Carolinas Virginia – Clean, neat streets with the smell of salt water- a Service men’s dream.
Connecticut –A beautiful old fashioned; but exquisite place to live, where the houses look as if they are still in the 1920’s or earlier, and the people eat ‘Grinders’. (A hot sandwich like a thinly sliced beef – real good.
Louisville – to the Kentucky Derby and the Thunder over Louisville, or come down to the River Front where everyone meets on the Holidays California – hot – where the only way you can tour the homes of the Stars is peering through the dark tinted glass of a limousine, and the limo cannot go slower than 35 miles per hour, and all of your pictures must be taken inside of the limo, you cannot lower the windows.
Texas – hot, desert, a beautiful place to lose thoughts that were plaguing you; because once you cross the desert with mile after mile of desert, something happens with the former thoughts.
North Dakota – The sky is beautiful and the mountains poking up into the horizon- a little piece of Grace The Grand Canyon –Nothing but Majesty. Your smallness will not escape you and GOD’S Grandeur cannot be denied.
Tennessee – The Mountains will give you a sense of being a conquering hero, going up on roads carved on the edge of these majestic Protuberances. (If they could only go up a little more, you could get a glimpse of the outer limits.)

Some of these places, I actually remember, others, I have never seen with these earthly eyes; but friends have told me so much about these places, I feel that I have visited every one, and that’s what I would like to share with you. You don’t have to be put aside and wishing… Take a virtual tour with a friend.

Let’s Go!

Ruth E. Coleman, pen name True E. Ready writer Author of: “Fervent Prayer, audio, e-book; Living Prayers, Poems and Poetry, print and audio cd; Fear Not, Not, Not! Print –Amazon, Others coming soon.

*** Living with low vision by Donna Williams ## Return to nowhere

After a 4 year absence I finally was able to attend the Ski for Light Sports for Health camp once again.  It was definitely a different experience.  First of all On July 4th I fell and sprained my calf muscle.  This resulted in me having to wear a compression sleeve for 2 weeks prior to camp. The only exceptions were sleeping or showering otherwise my leg decoration was my constant companion.  And what an amazing piece of material it is.  When I visited urgent care the doctor at first told me I could not go to camp.  As I sat in his office I began to cry and I guess he felt sorry for me because he relented however he strongly cautioned me not to attend a camp such as this because it would be too soon for me to subject my leg to so much continuous activity.  However my trip was paid for so I went.

When I arrived I found to my dismay that my room was at the end of a long hallway.  This meant not only would I have to walk the stairs but I’d have to walk completely across the building to get to my sleeping area.  I wasn’t worried though because I had my miracle sleeve with me.

I went about setting my stuff up for the week and soon my roommate arrived.  At first I thought I was going to be in for a long week because the first thing she said to me when she entered the room was:
“this is my room!”  Then she proceeded to tell me that she had the bottom drawers of the dresser because she is short and she always takes the bottom ones.  I attempted answering her back but received no response.  I began to wonder if I should ask to be put in a different room when my roommate suddenly began a conversation with me.  We did ok for a few minutes while she asked me questions about myself but when it was my turn to reciprocate I noticed she didn’t seem to want to share the details about her life most people do when they first meet.  Finally I decided to just go about my business and leave the room.  I was just finishing up when I was asked what time dinner was.
I answered 3 times before my roommate finally said: “I didn’t hear you.  Wait! I need to put my hearing aid on.”  Suddenly we were both laughing.  After that things went much better.  She explained why she said that the room was hers.  It seems that some of the participants who attend every year often request certain rooms and every effort is given to ensuring that they are assigned to those rooms since they are familiar with them and how to get around to the activities from there.

So how did I handle my camping experience while allowing my sprained calf muscle to heal?  Obviously I couldn’t do strenuous activities so I decided to stick with canoeing, swimming, and I thought I might be able to take a short walk on the dirt road.  I knew I couldn’t bike, hike in the woods, or do an obstacle course if they had one but I intended to make the most of my trip.

Our week started off with a bang literally when a line of severe thunderstorms hit first thing Monday morning.  It rained all morning so we ended up having an indoor scavenger hunt.  Each team had to find an object for each letter of the alphabet.  Most got stumped with the letter x however one team produced an x-ray box so they won.

After the rain passed it was cool and cloudy but we were able to go outdoors.  Despite the cool temp and the breeze some of us chose to go to the pool.  The water was cold until you were in for a while but it was hard getting out since it was actually colder outside.

On Wednesday I had my cold canoeing experience.  It was cloudy and breezy and I think we were lucky if the temperature hit 70.  I wasn’t going to bike or hike in the woods so the only activity available for me to do was canoeing so I went.  It was muddy and being out on the water was very cold.  When I returned to land I put on my jacket but still couldn’t get warm.

I think Thursday was the worse though.  Despite rain in the forecast and drizzle before we left it was decided that we were going to the state park for a day of fun and a little picnic.  My common sense was telling me to stay back but I would have been the only one so I went.
 It was cold, rainy, and I ended up just sitting and socializing.  A few brave souls went out in the canoes and kayaks.  I don’t think anyone went swimming though.  In one way god answered my prayer providing the rain that fell before we left for our picnic however despite thunderstorms being forecast all day our trip didn’t get canceled. What an example of free will.
//////////////////////////////god can send the signs but if common sense doesn’t prevail with those in charge then bad decisions get made.

In comparison my trip this time was not as exciting as before.  I think the cool rainy weather had something to do with it as well as not being as mobile as I wanted to be.  However I did have a good time overall.  It is good to be back home though where I can communicate with family and friends once again.  Being without internet or cell service for a week is certainly challenging even when you are having fun and keeping busy.

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*** Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell ## Back to School

It’s that time again! Where on earth has the summer gone? Well, it hasn’t quite gone if you look at the thermometer, but if you count the start of school as the end of summer with the cooler days of fall just over the hill, then summer is over.

When I was in school, and trust me it was long ago, classes never, but never, started until just after labor day. When I taught, not so terribly long ago, the first bell rang just before labor day. Now …
What happened to summer!

No matter what level one attends schools seem to have one thing in common besides all of that knowledge, willingly or unwillingly crammed into the little gray cells, color.  Schools have colors.

Several years ago I made a scarf as a Christmas present for the granddaughter of a friend. Now, most kids in today’s world of smart phones, tablets, and who knows what else, would probably not even turn away from the screen of said device. I wanted to do a little something for the kid, who had willingly shared her sight when I asked, and my budget not running to the latest technology, I decided to knit her a scarf.

I put a strand of cream and a strand of burgundy  together, cast on to a size fifteen needle, and away I went. I felt sure she wouldn’t like it, but knew her grandmother would appreciate the gesture at least, and maybe, just maybe, so would she. To my amazement, I got a phone call telling me how much she liked it, and her grandmother told me that she showed it around with pride. I had inadvertently hit on her sports team colors.

Okay, so people don’t wear scarves this time of year, at least not in the northern hemisphere, but cold weather is coming, so it gives us something to think about.

Skinny and long seems to be in just now. I’m giving basic instructions using two strands of yarn and a large needle, but if you want a thinner scarf just get your gauge for a scarf about four inches wide, and off you go.

With large needle about a size 13 or maybe a 15 cast on 12  stitches with two strands of yarn held together, choose your colors. Just knit until it’s long enough, the longer the better. Fringe if you like.
With single strand of yarn and size 8 or 9 needle cast on about 18 stitches. K about 10 rows of one color. Change colors, and K10 more rows. Continue in this manner until scarf is long enough, finishing with the color you started with.

How about a pair of lounging socks for that college or other student bound for residential school?

With size 8 or 9 double-point needles and worsted yarn cast on about
40 stitches,  taking care not to twist stitches. For larger or smaller feet go up or down in needle size. Divide among three double-point needles with a quarter of your stitches on needle 1, half of your stitches on needle two, and the other quarter of your stitches on the third needle. You’re using two colors of your choice, choose the color you want to start with, and work K1, P1, rib for about two inches.
Change to the second color, and work in stockinette stitch, (knit every round) until the entire piece is about 15 inches, or desired length. Change back to the first color. Knit to within three stitches before the end of needle 1, and k2 together, and k1. K1 at the beginning of the next needle, k2 together. Knit to three stitches before the end of this needle (still needle two) and k2 together, k1.
Needle 3, K1, K2 together, knit to the end of the needle. Next round, knit around. Next round repeat the decrease round. Next round knit around without decreasing. Work in this manner, decreasing every other round until there are 20 stitches remaining, and work decrease round until eight stitches remain. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw this tail through stitches, and fasten securely on the wrong side.
How about a throw?

With size 15 needles or larger if you prefer and worsted weight yarn, two colors, 2 strands held together, cast on 150 stitches.
Work 6 rows of plain knit.
Work in stockinette stitch, knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side, keeping four stitches at the beginning and end of each row in plain knit, and slipping the first stitch of each row, work for desired length finishing with six rows of plain knit. Fringe if desired.

All of these patterns are quite simple, and knit up in a hurry. They also leave much room for the imagination. Try different stitches, for instance, different widths of stripes, and of course, different color combinations.

Until next time, happy crafting,


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